Health officials in Dumaguete City, Negros Oriental province, Philippines report a rise in the contagious hand, foot and mouth disease (HFMD).
Some 156 cases have been reported to date, with nine out ten cases reported in children ages 1 to 10 years.
Acting Provincial Health Office chief, Dr. Liland Estacion said, “The cases are usually not serious and can be resolved within 7 to 10 days, with the usual treatment of symptoms, such as giving analgesics for those with fever.”
Isolation is also another way of preventing transmission, she added.
The PHO will tap school nurses and embark on massive information dissemination drives to alert the public against HFMD.
This comes about one week after officials in Negros Occidental announced the big increase in cases in that neighboring province.